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The invitation to #partner with @amarula_official for this trip to Kenya was one I immediately wanted to accept! #Amarula has been part of nearly every trip I've ever taken to Africa and has been part of every safari I've been on. The brand is as interwoven into my experience of Africa as they are into the very fabric of the continent since they are #MadeFromAfrica. From South Africa where it is made to where we have been in Kenya and beyond - this is not just a beverage, it is a product that captures the spirit of this continent. I think!! Our #DontLetThemDisappear group enjoyed a traditional Sundowner experience on the top of a hill in Amboseli this week and I took this moment to reflect on how grateful I am to have been chosen by a brand I already love to help spread a message that is so dear to my heart. The message that animals, and elephants in particular, are not here for our exploitation. Ivory belongs on elephants. It is not ours to take from elephants. I hope you will continue to stay with me as I bring you more information leading up to World Elephant Day on August 12. Yes, I am being paid to do this work but I accepted the assignment because this is my passion, to bring awareness to issues like this. I hope to devote more of my life to these pursuits not less. My soul is WOKE from this experience and it is not sitting down like I am in this photo. It is restless with all that needs to be done. Join me, via the link in my profile, and let's #NameThemSaveThem together!! 📸 Thank you for this snap @mariselerm 🙏🏼🐘
[2 of 2] Continuing the story of my partnership with @amarula_official: Amarula cares deeply about saving the #AfricanElephant, so with #DontLetThemDisappear through their Amarula Trust - they have partnered with Dr. @Paula_Kahumbu, to amplify her message and to aid in the incredible work she is doing with her foundation @wildlifedirect. WD was the driving force behind the tough anti-poaching legislation which Kenya recently enacted and Dr. Kahumbu has dedicated her life to ensuring the African Elephant will not just survive, but will thrive. She is my newest hero, a woman who is endlessly inspiring. At the same time, Amarula has also launched #NameThemSaveThem which is a dynamic website + a limited edition series of 400,000 bottles of uniquely labeled #Amarula. The number comes from the estimate of how many African elephants are left. Though some estimates say we're now down to 350,000. Using special technology, every single bottle features a differently designed Elephant and a name for that Elephant. No two are the same. Just like humans & elephants! The website allows anyone the chance to design and name an elephant! For every elephant named and shared, Amarula will donate $1 to @wildlifedirect. The link is in my profile to make it easy for you to get involved! 🐘 #MadeFromAfrica #HandsOffOurElephants
[1 of 2] I was chosen as the only delegate from the USA to #partner with @amarula_official in order to bring you the story of #DontLetThemDisappear 🐘 I've had several followers message publicly or privately asking, "I thought #Amarula was a South African product so why are you in Kenya?" We are here because the African Elephant is the symbol of the brand but they are in danger of disappearing within our lifetime due to illegal poaching driven by demand for ivory worldwide but particularly in Asian countries such as China & Vietnam. Yet in Kenya there is more being done to reverse that threat, and to save the #AfricanElephant, than anywhere else. In Amboseli National Park, that work takes many forms. I think the most touching of which is that every single Elephant has a name like @Oprah, Pissarro, Paris or Tim. The belief is that we care more deeply about that which is named than that which is not. (A belief I agree with!) Legislation has also been passed in Kenya, the toughest in Africa, that makes it far less appealing for poachers to continue trafficking. All these efforts work together to ensure that future generations will always be able observe elephants here in Amboseli but more needs to be done throughout Africa & the world - that's where Amarula, which is #MadeFromAfrica, comes in! 📸 of me by @truthslinger 🙏🏼 all others by me
So grateful to partner with @amarula_official here in Kenya, allowing me the opportunity to get so close to elephants. The joy is indescribable. "Nature's great masterpiece, an elephant; the only harmless great thing." - John Donne 🐘 #DontLetThemDisappear #Amarula #MadeFromAfrica #Kenya #NameThemSaveThem • • • Shot on my @getolympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II with 40-150 f/2.8 lens
The opportunity to partner with @amarula_official for this trip to Kenya has already been a dream come true and we only just arrived last night. During our coffee stop in the middle of this morning's expedition, @richardhaubrich of @instagram_sa took this photo of me sipping Amarula & coffee. We had pulled over to the side of the road after spending an hour observing elephants who all have names. Given to them by locals and researchers, including Dr. Paula Kahumbu - our guide, the names are only one aspect that helps me want to protect these gentle giants. When you observe them, you can see how family-oriented they are, how human-like they even are at times. It quite seriously breaks my heart to think that where I see such a beautiful animal who deserves to be protected, others see only a commodity, or an opportunity. More on the elephants themselves in my next post. There's so much more to tell! #Amarula #DontLetThemDisappear #MadeFromAfrica 🐘 #onsafari #kenyasafari #safaristyle
I'm so excited to partner with @amarula_official who have invited me back to Africa to be part of their anti-ivory poaching campaign #DontLetThemDisappear. I left on Friday and will finally arrive this evening in Kenya where I will spend the next three days learning about the initiative to save Africa's elephants. I'm particularly looking forward to meeting Dr. Paula Kahumbu of Wildlife Direct who is working with The Amarula Trust for this endeavor. I captured this photo during my last Safari and while I'm looking forward to being on Safari again, what I'm most looking forward to is learning how I can be an active participant in the fight to save the 400,000 elephants still left. For me it's also personal, because Kenya is a country I've been interested in since I was a very young girl. Can't wait to share my experience with you! Follow along in Stories, on my feed and with the hashtags #MadeFromAfrica #Amarula #Kenya #Elephants
Congrats to 1) @stephxoxo10 2) @heykelseyj 3) @sewilsongo!! Christmas in July continues with a photography theme! Slide left. 📸 I’m honored to have been featured in the latest issue of @click.magazine and they’ve graciously offered a subscription to the winner as well as a subscription each to two runners up. 💥 The winner also receives a Vanguard backpack camera bag, Fujifilm INSTAX camera, Polaroid photo printer with paper, Cocoon Grid-It & Wakawaka solar powered charger + light so you can be environmentally conscious while powering up — all, which I’ve provided. 🙏🏼 NOW I WANTED to give away a dSLR camera or a prize so HUGE that it would be worthy of how amazing you all are. I think you’re the best followers and one of the greatest communities on Instagram. However, I was turned down by multiple sponsors that I approached because they thought you all wouldn’t turn out in enough numbers to make it worth their while. 😳😂 Let's work together to make sure that doesn't happen again! To enter: • Like this post • Comment with 4 or more words and a) tag the brands you’d like to see me partner with or b) what photography products you’d like to see me give away. c) Or tag friends who are budding photographers who might enjoy one of these prizes. • You can comment, and thereby enter, as many times as you like. • Official rules & details: Per Instagram, this promotion is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. Kirsten Alana is the host of this campaign and the only official sponsor. No purchase is necessary to enter. By entering, entrants confirm that they are 18+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s terms of use. Open to U.S. & Canadian residents with a valid mailing address. Giveaway period begins as of the time this post is live. Winner will be chosen, from those who have followed the rules, by 5 PM EST on July 24 via random number generator and notified through DM. By entering, you agree to release and hold harmless Kirsten Alana and Click Mag from any and all liability, litigation or damages. Kirsten Alana reserves the right to cancel this contest at any time. #giveawaycontest #photographygiveaway
Congrats to @wandergrammed for winning the Bastille Day giveaway! [2 of 2] For me it was a weekend of the most gorgeous sunsets with family at the lake. Every time we got in the boat, I looked at the lily pads along shore and I thought of Monet. I blame my mother and god-mother for my obsession with all things French. I also thank them. After all, when I was younger and lesser traveled, a lake would have just been a lake. However, because of their stories and their love of the language and their dreams/hopes/fantasies that they poured into me -- now the family lake home is a portal to other places I've been and loved so that when I'm there, I feel closer to France. When I'm in France, I still feel close to my family. When I sit on the boat now, holding my nephew in my lap, I wonder about his future and if he'll be a traveler like his mother and I. But most of all, I just hope he is curious; I hope that he appreciates beauty, always seeing the good (in people and in things) more than the bad. • • • #puremichigan #puremichigansunset #puremichigansummer #sunsetsunday #sunsetsforbreakfast #monetswaterlilies #reflectiongram #reflectionshot
[1 of 2] As a Francophile, #BastilleDay is one of my favorite days of the year. 🇫🇷 It's even more special now that my nephew has come into our lives and his birthday is July 14. Now I can celebrate my favorite country AND my favorite human being in the same day!!! A ❤️ of France is common amongst many of the women in my family. So yesterday before the party was in full swing, I served us all up a few French treats plus a cocktail inspired by a trip to Paris that I took with @GreyGoose last year. 🍸 It was a big hit!! Perfect for summer at our lake house (which I imagined was in Provence bien sur) and easy enough to make over & over while talking, visiting or receiving hugs from an adorable four year old. I'm not a bartender so I don't do measurements, I just eyeball everything! Je suis désolée! But this is what I combined in a shaker filled with ice before pouring into gimlet glasses garnished with a slice of lemon and a slice of lime: • Grey Goose Le Citron • ST-GERMAIN® • Fever-Tree Club Soda • a dash of Rose's Sweetened Lime Juice 🇫🇷 How did you celebrate Bastille Day? 🇫🇷 • • • (and no, this is #notsponsored by any company tagged or mentioned!) #greygooselecitron #greygoose #stgermaindrinks #thefrancophiles #frenchobsessed #summercocktails #sonyrx1rii
#TBT to the first #manhattanhenge of the summer. I won't be in town for tonight's version but I hope those of you who are, will enjoy it. I love this "accident" of city planning which allows the sun to line up perfectly between buildings on certain east ↔️ west streets in Manhattan during our summer. There are so many things to love about calling the City home but as a photographer and chaser of light, this is one of my favorites. It makes me think of the incredible valleys and mountains out west in the USA, of watching the sun set between their peaks. Yet the peaks here, are man made. This is my favorite spot to watch the phenomenon occur. It is called Tudor City and it's in Midtown on the East side not far from the United Nations. 🌅 #kaNYguide • #newyorkornowhere #newyorkbynewyorkers #instagram_nyc #instagramnyc #newyorkcitylove #iloveny #tudorcityoverpass #sonyrx1rii #focuscamera
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So excited to continue FOUR weeks of GIVEAWAYS which I'm calling Christmas in July! The cornerstone of this week's gift to the lucky winner is my current favorite book which I carry everywhere with me, even down here to Curaçao. It's #TheNewParis by my friend @lostncheeseland with photos by my other friend @charissa_fay. I miss Paris frequently and whenever I do, this cures a little of that longing. It's also the perfect guidebook, coffee table book and really the must have for anyone who loves Paris as much as I do. The real Paris. Now I'm not stopping here, in this gift I'm including lots of other items but I'm not giving away the identity of those here!! You'll just have to be surprised! 😉 🇫🇷 • Win this gift set by: 1) following myself & @lostncheeseland 2) liking this photo + leaving a comment of 4 or more words, and ...that's it! Nice and easy this time! • The official rules & details: Per Instagram, this promotion is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. Kirsten Alana is the host of this campaign and the only official sponsor. No purchase is necessary to enter. By entering, entrants confirm that they are 18+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s terms of use. Open to anyone with a valid mailing address! Giveaway period begins as of the time this post is live. Winner will be chosen, from those who have followed all the rules, by 5 PM EST on July 16 via random number generator and notified that day through direct message. By entering, you agree to release and hold harmless Kirsten Alana and associated parties from all liability and litigation that could result from your acceptance and use of these products; you also waive your right to any damages. Kirsten Alana reserves the right to cancel this giveaway at any time, for any reason. The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. #giveaway #bookgiveaway #frenchobsessed #thisisparis #meetparis #seeparis #parisgiveaway #jetaimeparis #thefrancophiles
Today for the second day in a row, after spending the morning at the resort, @sbrcuracao & @benchmarkresortsandhotels arranged for me to see the island with a guide named Reggy. He works with the island's tourism board to regularly show people the side of the island that you never see if you're a cruise ship passenger. And he knows it because guiding is all he does, he doesn't work in an office! I was saddened to learn that many people experience Curaçao only during the shore excursions from their cruise ship. Especially American tourists. This saddens me because while Willemstad, where the ships dock, has some enjoyable elements - it isn't really the full picture of this island. If that's all you experience, I'm not sure you can leave saying you've seen "the real Curaçao." However, because of Reggy I now know the best beaches to snorkel from without needing to get on any boat. I know what it looks like when the sun sets over the soaring cactus of the National Park on the West side. (For that matter, I also know that the West side might just be the best side. It all depends on what you want to learn!) I wanted to learn where to see turtles close to shore and Reggy took me to a beach where the turtles visit so often that they each have names and their photos hang on the wall of a building close to the pier so you can learn who they are and feel invested in wanting to protect them! It was on the way to that place that I spotted these trees. Painted by residents of the local village, they're a powerful declaration that is hard to miss. Vibrant and fun, like the music Reggy and I listened to as we drove around. Personal, like the stories Reggy told me of his family and his friends. Now I know Curaçao is so much more than resorts and colorful Dutch architecture. And for that I will be forever grateful. 🇨🇼 • #rightnowincuracao #sbrcuracao #benchmarkresortsandhotels #curacao #curacaoisland #curacao_island #wonderful_places #artnerd #artlover #sonyrx1rii #focuscamera
Still live from Curaçao, bringing you 6 moments from @sbrcuracao which I was invited down to review by @benchmarkresortsandhotels. These are some of my favorite spots on the property and some of the moments I've enjoyed most. Far and away the best so far has been the morning I spent in the spa. Instead of having a changing room, each guest has their own en-suite room for treatment and for post-treatment relaxation. It includes an outdoor shower, outdoor lounge area (privacy protected by a garden) and a full sitting area with hair dryer and amenities to walk out dressed + ready for whatever may come next. Including dinner at SHORE which I cannot recommend highly enough. It's the best restaurant on the property. #sbrcuracao #benchmarkresortsandhotels #rightnowincuracao • New giveaway going live tomorrow. This time, French themed!! 🇫🇷 • And don't forget I'm sharing in Stories, my experience exploring the island of Curaçao itself from my adventures yesterday. 🇨🇼 #curacao
Coming to you live from Curaçao. I was invited by @benchmarkresortsandhotels to this island to review @sbrcuracao. The resort is located on the Southern Side of the island on the Eastern End. It's on very historic property that runs along Spanish Water which is reputed to be the first place Spanish Explorers landed on the island. Still called Santa Barbara Plantation it was once the site of a plantation, then a mine, now a resort and a golf course that's ranked as one of the best in the Caribbean. Don't let this photo fool you, sure there is nice landscaping in many places but I love that much of the resort has a feeling of being more in harmony with the nature of this island. Which is, somewhat wild. Just like neighboring Aruba, which I visited last year with @dante.vincent, much of the shoreline is coral or lava rock and cactus seem to outnumber people here (it's illegal to cut them down). Definitely a much different feel than the Caribbean Islands closer to my home. This is why I like coming down here. Today, I'll explore off resort to the neighboring towns with famous Dutch architecture. Follow along in Stories! 🇨🇼 #sbrcuracao #benchmarkresortsandhotels #symmetrykillers #sonyrx1rii #focuscamera #curacao #rightnowincuracao #curacao_island
Sooo excited to start FOUR weeks of GIVEAWAYS for you today!! I'm calling it Christmas in July! 😉 Congrats to the winner THIS week which is @viajeraextranjera 🎁 Each week's giveaway will have a theme & I'm kicking it off with BEAUTY 💅🏼💄 This is a prize pack valued at more than $350 USD with some of my favorite summer products 😍 that will help you look your best this summer or transport you to summery places like Capri and Aruba 🌴 I've also included the "Eat Pretty, Live Well" book + journal so you don't just look good on the outside but you'll also feel good inside 📚 Win this gift set by: 1) liking this post, 2) leaving a comment of 4 or more words, and 3) following @vitaliberata, @carthusia_profumi, @bobbibrown, @colorescience & @arubaaloe If beauty isn't your thing, will you please share this with someone who would enjoy this prize? ••• The official rules & details: Per Instagram, this promotion is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. Kirsten Alana is the host of this campaign and the only official sponsor. No purchase is necessary to enter. By entering, entrants confirm that they are 18+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s terms of use. Open to U.S. & Canadian residents with a valid mailing address. Giveaway period begins as of the time this post is live. Winner will be chosen, from those who have followed all the rules, by 5 PM EST on July 10 via random number generator and notified that day through direct message. By entering, you agree to release and hold harmless Kirsten Alana and @vitaliberata, @carthusia_profumi, @bobbibrown, @colorescience @arubaaloe from all liability and litigation that could result from your acceptance and use of these products; you also waive your right to any damages. Kirsten Alana reserves the right to cancel this giveaway at any time, for any reason. The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. #giveaway #beautygiveaway #summerbeauty #beautyaddict
My last post from Charleston! But you can discover more of my tips for the city, when you download @sherpa.guide & follow me there • While in SC, @dante.vincent and I visited the Angel Oak tree which, it turns out, is not actually in Charleston. Massive, very old and shading about 17,200 square feet (1,600 m2) - it is incredible to behold. It's about 20 mins outside the city on Johns Island and is a Southern Live Oak believed to be around 400 years old. The tree stands on land that was part of Abraham Waight's 1717 land grant and the name is attributed to the estate of Justus Angel and his wife, Martha Waight Tucker Angel. Also, ghosts of former slaves have been said to appear as angels around the tree. Do you believe in ghosts? Popular belief holds that the Angel Oak is the oldest tree east of the Mississippi River, however many bald cypress trees that are hundreds of years older are found throughout the South. The tree is free to visit but is only open from 9 AM to 5 PM. Outside of those hours you’d have to look at it from the other side of a fence. It is not near any other attractions but there is a small cafe and gift shop if needed and there’s ample parking. 🌳 #AngelOakTree #AngelOak #DiscoverSC #ExploreCharleston #DeltaMedallion #treestagram #trees🌳
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While in Charleston, @dante.vincent & I had two really amazing meals, at @butcherandbee then @prohibitionchs. The former is shown here and I cannot recommend it highly enough. A trek from where we stayed, it was worth the price of the Lyft and then some. The brand started with sandwiches which they wanted to perfect to a degree usually only found in fine dining. Their version of a gourmet meal has now expanded to include all types of food and it was their mezze options that we decided to try. We had eight small dishes with ingredients sourced from local farms and flavors reflecting all our world travels. The restaurant believes that sustainable is not a slogan, it's just the right thing to do! Because of that, the menu changes with the seasons. We also enjoyed a rosé flight and ended with the most scrumptious sea salt chocolate chip cookies. Of note: @butcherandbee has a location in Nashville and runs @workshopchs which features food and drink vendors, the lineup of which is always changing. For both Butcher & Bee and @prohibitionchs, I recommend reservations. We missed out on 1/2 a dozen other restaurants or bars in Charleston before we realized you can't just walk in places. Then we made reservations for these using @opentable. Prohibition is known for its cocktails and we did LOVE ours but the Street Corn and the Crispy Brussels Sprouts nearly stole the show. We actually ordered a second round of the corn and then found ourselves without room for mains but they do have a full menu. It's not just a bar. Looking for more recommendations? Check out my first post from the city to see lots of options left in the comments from locals! 🍴#eeeeeats #ExploreCharleston #butcherandbee #foodieflatlays #yumgasm #foodiegram
Well...our actual 4th of July in Charleston didn't quite work out as expected. The hotel I booked for @dante.vincent & I for just one night, which was supposed to have a view of the fireworks, ended up only having a view of a lot of trees. Probably a clear message we should never have left the @spectatorhotel. Ha! 😂 But we made the best of that, and other things that didn't go our way, walking and riding our bikes over so much of the city that by last night we were seeing some streets for the third time!! In my red, white & blue I felt patriotic but I also felt that there was some kind of synchronicity between the disappointing end to the 4th and the state of our country. I'm not proud of what's going on in Washington but I AM proud of how it has brought so many citizens together to be more active in working for change and to hold our leaders accountable. There's so much to be done on a grand scale but on the smaller scale is the simple lesson I was reminded of during our weekend, that when things don't go according to plan, what matters most is that we don't ever give up. If there is anything that is truly American, I think it's that we keep on keepin' on, no matter what! Even if that's to never give up fighting for this to be a nation that embraces diversity, not one that runs from it. 🇺🇸 #ExploreCharleston #ootd #4thofjulyoutfit #dametraveler #theresisterhood #fourthofjuly🇺🇸
Starting 4th of July like this and yeah I know it's the most cliche Instagram post. I mean who actually eats breakfast in bed in a hotel?! EXCEPT WE REALLY DO!!! -- at @spectatorhotel where this continental spread is free every morning and is delivered by our Butler who also comes complimentary with the room!!! (Toby is the best!) I am still stunned by the fact I don't even have to leave bed to get coffee. This is definitely spoiling me!! (Hey @dante.vincent can we replicate this back home please?!) I'm so glad I discovered this place on the @hoteltonight app because in booking this getaway so last minute I thought there was no way a hotel this nice would still be available in Charleston. The Spectator also treats guests to a complimentary mini bar, free bike rental and of course free WiFi. Danté and I love it here. And we're excited to see what 4th of July is like in Charleston so stay tuned to Stories to find out. Fellow Americans, where are you celebrating today? 🇺🇸🎇 #breakfastinbed #thespectatorhotel #hotellife #morningslikethese #butfirstcoffee
Photographing all the pretty streets and facades in Charleston with @dante.vincent for the holiday weekend. We booked this so last minute that we don't actually have plans. We were inspired by the feed of @juliahengel and her husband @tberolz who moved to the city from San Francisco. If you've been, or are from here, what should we not miss? 🌿🌸 #ExploreCharleston #ThePrettyCities #CharlestonSC #VisitTheUSA
Dear Canada, Happy Birthday!! 🇨🇦 I've been visiting you for 30 + years now, twice I've lived near your border and always I have found the words that Bono spoke in praise of you this morning to be true, that "When others build walls, you open doors; when others divide, your arms are open wide; where you lead, others follow." I sincerely wish you another 150 years of striving for those ideals and I hope you become only more inclusive as you age, not less. I'm profoundly grateful for every incredible experience I've had in every province I've visited and for all the friends I've made who are Canadian. I hope I can visit every province and territory of yours before I'm no longer able to travel, I hope I can continue to get to know your history as well as your present and I can't wait to see where my next visit will take me. Hopefully it will be sooner, rather than later. All my ❤️, Kirsten #Canada150 #ExploreCanada #HappyBirthdayCanada #CanadaDay #Canada🇨🇦 #RedAndWhite
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